"You have tons and tons of strangers sharing all sorts of details, intimate, sending pictures, sending private information, and it's all available to strangers, with very little proof of you being who you are or what your real intentions are," said Powers.
I just walked right into the elevator, walked right up." Powers could be an ax murder or serial rapist for all Vera knows.
And she has no idea what could await her behind the door.
About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.
A Crime Watch Daily undercover investigation has found that many women are playing a dangerous game of "romantic Russian Roulette" on Internet dating sites and apps like Tinder, Grindr, Bumble, Zoosk, OKCupid and POF.